The report reviews progress in the Thames Gateway since planning guidance was published in 1995 and notes that development on over 43% of sites has been completed or has been started, 19,000 jobs have been created, and 11,000 new homes completed.
The report, commissioned from economic development and planning consultants Roger Tym & Partners in association with Three Dragons, states that one of the key components identified as essential to the success of the Thames Gateway was the establishment of one body with overall responsibility. This recommendation has already been put into effect by the setting up of a Thames Gateway Strategic
Planning minister Nick Raynsford said: 'Thames Gateway is working. This report shows that people are starting to see real benefits; that things are starting to happen. The place and quality of life is getting better. Nowhere else in the country has there been more private and public investment than the Thames Gateway.'
'Thames Gateway has attracted major transport improvements such as the A13 and the new road link through the Medway towns. The first stage of construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link is nearing completion and preparations for the second stage, which will have major benefits for Thames Gateway, well advanced.
'A number of major development projects have taken place, in Greenwich, Dartford and in the Medway Towns which have not only contributed real development benefits but serve to show what can be achieved.'
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2. The research is based on wide ranging consultations, an analysis of indicators of change, a review of progress and a review of plans and policies. The report provides advice to government on taking forward RPG9a in the light of developing Government policy, a re- assessment of present day opportunities and a critical examination of